Palatino featured a Chanukah menu this year, with recipes drawn from the Jewish ghettos of Rome. We caught the last night, on December 23.
While I'm happy to have it in the neighborhood, I don't consider Palatino a destination restaurant, and this dinner didn't change my feeling. However, the menu was nice and tasted very much like homestyle Jewish food, and I think this will become a regular stop in December if they maintain the menu.
-Fried dumplings filled with beef and capers: very good flavors and textures, wanted for a dipping sauce
-Carciofi alla Giudea: Classic fried artichokes, but unfortunately our order was over-browned.
-Spinach souffle: more like a spinach quiche, good but not remarkable. Very homestyle.
-Handmade egg noodles with beef brisket sugo: We all wanted to try the brisket, but didn't want that much food. This filled the gap nicely, the sauce had the hearty cinnamon flavors of the brisket, and the pasta had good bite.
-Breaded lamb chops with sauteed chard: The chops were lightly pounded and the breading was excellent. R. remarked that this tasted like something his grandmother made, that he hadn't had in a long time. The chard was perfect, as were the roasted beets that the waiter kindly subbed for the roasted potatoes.
Craving gelato, we walked down to Maggie Mudd's for dessert.
803 Cortland Ave
San Francisco, 94110